June 24, 2013

Sprint Triathlon - Recap

If you had told me in December of last year I'd run a Triathlon in June I'd thought you were crazy. I was completely out of shape and really not in mind of ever doing an event with more than one type of physical activity. And I haven't swam in almost ten years! I knew I wanted to run a race on or around my 30th birthday, but that would mean I would run a 5k, easy peasy, and be happy with that. 

So here I am 6 months later...and I did it! Crazy.

 So here's the recap of my race. 

I started the morning with a breakfast of Oatmeal, half a banana, Chia Seeds, a drizzle of maple syrup. And a large cup of ice cold water. I was thinking of having my normal Chai Tea, but I thought maybe it wouldn't be good before a race, it always make me have to pee more and dehydrates me a bit.

I left for the 9am race by 7:10am to get there by about 7:30am. I needed a song for the day so I put on Matt Redman's 10,000 reasons and blasted it. So all day I was singing that. What a  perfect song since we started first thing in the morning.

Link to song here.

We lined up here about quarter to 9. And I got a bit nervous seeing the first leg of the race leave for the swim.
The swimmers looked so small and the course looked so BIG all the sudden.


We had to stay to the right of all the orange buoys. 

Here I am, second in line to the two Pink Shirt Volunteers, with the black shorts.

And again. (now the nerves are kicking in even more)

And now I'm actually in the water, treading water. 
Not the funnest time getting kicked by others since we're all crammed into a tiny spot. I learned real quick to tread water in a tiny area, or drown, basically.

And off I go...

 My little cheerleaders. LOVE!

Swim DONE! And now the transition to the bike leg.
Swam: 1/3 mile in 16 minutes 22 seconds.

Here I am getting my bike out of the transition area.

And off I go...

I was happy when I saw all the things for the kids to do...Ashlyn had a blast on this slide, which began with an obstacle course. 

 He missed me on the bike, because I did it a lot faster than I had thought and he wasn't ready. Not a bad reason to miss it I guess.  Felt good every part of the bike part, yay!

Bike 16 miles: 1 hour 6 minutes 3 seconds

And here I am starting the running leg. Feeling a bit wobbly, but running my heart out none the less.

Once I hit the grassy area I totally became full of emotion and my breathing wasn't happening the way I wanted it to. Josh thought I was gonna throw up, I thought I was gonna pass out and my first thought was where can I get oxygen and fast??...the reason I didn't stop running. And who walks this part? So ya, I thought duh I have to run no matter how I feel. 

 TMI I know...but... I knew I had a weak bladder (from having babies) and wondered what would happen during the running part, I only peed a little the last mile. So I can now add myself to that club. 

Thankfully I made it just fine and didn't need the assistance of oxygen. 

Run 5k: 30 minutes 22 seconds

I DID IT!!! 

Swim 1/3 mile: 16:22
Swim/Bike Transition: 04:34
Bike 16 miles: 1:06:03
Bike/Run Transition: 00:47
Run 5k: 30:22
Total time: 01:58:06

 Eating some free Jake's Ice cream! Yum!

I am so thankful for all the support I had from Josh and everyone else around me. It was Josh's idea in the first place, so he gets so much credit for this. And I really wouldn't have done it without Josh taking the kids a ton so I could go out and run or bike OR taking the kids with us on a bike ride or run together with the double stroller.  And I'm thankful for the YMCA where I could train with up to two hours of the childcare. They really are awesome!

I hope this inspires you. =)


June 3, 2013

Stitch Fixed

I literally jumped up and down in excitement when I saw my Stitch Fix had arrived. It was suppose to arrive last Friday on my Birthday, but I forgot I had gotten a new Debit Card after I had filled out my info for them, so they couldn't get it out till I fixed that. So I was a little bummed to have to wait. But it came on our Anniversary, so I sorta justified it with the fact that it was a special day for us.

 The fact that it said "Your Stylist" made me feel special. 

 I was super happy with the color choices in the box, how do they know me so well?

 Thanks to the hubs, who took time to photograph me, it was fun.

 So 1st I got this white tank. It fit ok, and I like white shirts, but it was a bit pricey. I felt the material was a little thin. So it was a...NAY...for me.

 The black skinny jeans were a great addition, I actually would love a pair, but I couldn't get over the length not being right. See how I had to roll them up. Notice the name, ankle biter, oh how I wish they fit right. Bummer. So it was a NAY...for me.

(Size 27, hmm...had no idea there were women's jeans that were sized that way)

 And then there's this beautiful royal blue tank. The fabric was very nice, and the buttons, gold colored added nice detail. I just couldn't get myself to pay the price...so it's a NAY for me.

 And then there was this dress, I couldn't wait to try on. If you look at the picture of when I first opened the box you'll see the clothes were tied in the nice mint chevron tie that goes with this dress.  I fell in love with this dress. And so I'm a... YAY... for this one. (I've already bought it so it's MINE!)

 And then there was this beautiful MAXI dress. I fell in LOVE with it at first sight. It fit nicely, except for the back. I was so bummed!! If I had a taylor I could get it fixed, but I have to say NAY...really bummed about that. The material was a really nice heavy/solid fabric and the front detail was amazing.

  Each item came with a tag like this. I'd really like to get a nice blazer to pair with it. 

I know this wasn't as fun for you as it was for me. But if you'd like to get in on the Stitch Fix go through this link:


...thanks, it was super fun!


March 23, 2013

Bathroom walls come doooowwwnn...

So today was another big day in our basement. Josh tore down a few more walls. The walls to the bathroom and the walls around one of the poles. We are making the bathroom a wee bit larger and more square, see..

Basically right now we only have one more wall to take down, the wall around the door that right now is the entrance to the basement from the upstairs. We do not want a door or a wall there. When we walk down the stairs we will see the playroom in full view. Yay!!

Here are some photos of our bathroom wall destruction. Oh the joys of destroying walls.

 Yes he did ALL the work. I just take the photos and keep encouraging him!
 You can how odd shaped it was by looking at the top/bottom beams.
 Little man helping daddy.
 And...the view from inside the bathroom.
(See the pole and what we see is part of a pole?
There use to be a wall there,
 just a small wall to cover it up,
wierd that there is just a little pole there,
 but there will be a wall to cover it up)
And here we have it.